A matter of life and death
THE life expectancy rates for residents living in the same towns can differ by up to five years according to figures released this week. The average expectancy for women and men combined that were born in the Bandley Hill area of Stevenage, for example, i
THE life expectancy rates for residents living in the same towns can differ by up to five years according to figures released this week.
The average expectancy for women and men combined that were born in the Bandley Hill area of Stevenage, for example, is 76.7 years compared to the neighbouring Chells and Longmeadow areas where it is 81.4 years.
The same goes for Baldock where people born in the Baldock East area can expect to live five years longer than those in Baldock Town.
The profiles has been produced by the Association of Public Health Observatories and have been taken from a variety of figures gathered over the last few years to show the health of people in each local authority area.
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It is hoped they can be used by councils and the health service to highlight the health issues for each authority and to compare them with other areas.
In addition to the life expectancy figures, others for Stevenage show that only one in six adults have a healthy diet although obesity levels are in line with the average for England.
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Violent crimes in the town are above average, with 23 for every 1,000 people living in the town, as are teenage pregnancy rates.
On the plus side the town has a high proportion of local authority housing in good quality and no council wards in the town are in the most deprived 25 per cent of the national population.
The profile for North Hertfordshire reveals that violent crime is lower, with 14.3 incidents per 1,000 people. Teenage pregnancies are also lower than Stevenage.
However, one in seven of all deaths is from smoking and seven in 10 premature deaths are from the "big killers": heart disease and stroke, and cancers.
Neither Stevenage Borough Council nor North Herts District Council were able to comment.
The figures are available to view online at www.communityhealthpro files.info
Just click on the relevant initial letter of your local authority and click on the link to find out figures for your area.